Thursday, July 13, 2006

Governor Signs Prop 36 Change

Tossing the excuse he used a while back to veto the gay marriage bill aside, the Governor just signed a bill that makes changes to Prop 36, passed by the voters a couple years ago. He vetoed the gay marriage bill saying it was contrary to the will of the voters- them having passed Prop 22 which pretty much prohibited gay marriages.

Prop 36 was the initiative that required treatment for drug offenders rather incarceration. Now, if the offender doesn't attend his treatment sessions, he can be sentenced to confinement. Though this might surprise some of you, I don't blame the Governor for signing the bill. What's the point in having a law with no way to enforce it?

As I've recently said, I don't see any reason to put a person in jail simply for using drugs, so the treatment issue wouldn't exist for those types of people in the first place if I had my way. If the offense involves both drugs and offenses against some other person, then certainly treatment might be an appropriate "penalty" for consideration.

Still, I've always wondered just how effective forced treatment is?


At 9:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is totally ineffective and a waste of money. You can't force treatment on anyone. All Prop 36 does is create another level of ineffective and useless bureacracy and it is a TOTAL waste of taxpayer funds.

In this county, it is used so inappropriately it is pathetic. People who steal and assault while on drugs have the theft and assault charges dismissed and they are placed on Prop 36 treatment where they clog up the courts then after months of failure they are then cut loose by our DA to reoffend.

what a joke.

At 9:29 AM, Blogger Fred said...

Strangely enough, that's one of the reasons I'd like to see drug use and possession decriminalized: Drugs are often seen as an excuse for criminal behavior.

At 3:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 6:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

all drugs, fred?


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